After playing the first quarter at Soldier Field on Sunday’s 38-14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears receiver, Johnny Knox, suffered injury and it looked quiet serious. A very serious injury was a possibility to Knox after the contact with Anthony Hargrove bent Knox’s back at angle. However, Neel Anand didn’t see Bears receiver Johnny Knox’s gruesome injury. After being attended to by medical staff on the field for approximately 10 minutes, Knox was placed on a stretcher and carted off the field.”Neurologically, he’s completely fine,” said Anand, the director of Orthopaedic Spine Surgery at the Cedars-Sinai Spine Center in Los Angeles. “The only thing left is the nature of the stability.” Continue
is no longer a member of the Minnesota Vikings as the team granted the quarterback to leave Vikings. The Vikings released the veteran quarterback on Thursday, ending his brief time with the team. His request was granted, much like the way Kyle Orton freed himself from the Denver Broncos bench last week and was picked up by the Kansas City Chiefs. Only six games into the Vikings’ season, Coach Leslie Frazier sat down McNabb in favor of prized rookie Christian Ponder in the late stages of last Sunday night’s uneven loss at Chicago, which dropped the Vikings’ record to 1-5. Continue
The Detroit Lions finally got to see their first round draft pick, defensive tackle Nick Fairley was active and made his NFL regular season debut. Fairley was used as a reserve defensive tackle behind Ndamukong Suh, Corey Williams and Sammie Hill against the Bears but did not record a tackle. However, he made a couple of quarterback pressures to the Chicago Bears. “It’s ‘Monday Night Football’ and I’m just glad to be out there for the first time,” Fairley said after the game. “Things got going and I got rolling and everything was good.” Continue
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson posted five receptions for 130 yards and a touchdown in the Week 5 game Monday, Oct. 10, against the Chicago Bears. If Johnson should continue his great play as he already has a league-best eight TD catches, there’s no reason why he couldn’t be considered a candidate for MVP. There are a lot of early-season MVP candidates in the NFL right now, but all of them will lose if they are compared to Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson after his Monday night’s game performance against the Chicago Bears. Continue
A legendary Chicago Bears running back, the departed Walter Payton, has been attributed with a biography. According to his new biography, the Chicago Bears star abused painkillers in retirement, engaged in many extramarital affairs, fought depression and considered suicide just before his death from a rare liver disease and bile duct cancer in 1999. The book is set for release next week.
In “Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton,” author Jeff Pearlman says the Hall of Fame running back used a cocktail of Tylenol and Vicodin in retirement. In one section, Pearlman describes Payton’s drug use that as a player he had numbed his troubles with pills and liquids, eating them like they were a snack. In 1988, Payton visited dental offices, complaining of severe tooth pain. After receiving the treatment, he received several prescriptions for morphine and came to several drugstores to have them filled. When one of the pharmacists noticed the activity, he contacted the police, who arrived at Payton’s house and discussed the situation. Payton spent all 13 seasons with the Bears and retired as the NFL’s all-time leading rusher after the 1987 season and took Chicago to its only Super Bowl victory. In a statement, the Bears said Payton’s “competitive spirit lives with us today.”
Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher has left the team following the death of his mother. The team said Urlacher’s mother, Lavoyda Lenard, died unexpectedly at her home in Texas. In a statement released by the Bears, Urlacher said right now being with his family during a difficult and emotional time is his priority. Even when Brian Urlacher left the Bears to lament with his family after the sudden death of his mother who was at 51, it was expected that he would play against the Saints. The seven-time Pro Bowler arrived at Halas Hall in Chicago After leaving town Tuesday and missing practice Wednesday, two sources confirmed to the Chicago Tribune.
However, his teammates were surprised to see him back so quickly Thursday. “Sometimes when you’re going through tough times like he is right now you want to get back with your support group, which is here with his teammates,” coach Lovie Smith said. “It was good to get him back, see his face and show some support that way. Football is pretty important to him. So you know he’s excited about playing the game this Sunday.” Urlacher’s status for Chicago’s game against New Orleans Sunday and in the first road game of the season for the Bears is still not decided, but his return Thursday likely indicates his readiness to play the games.
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